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Seneca data store plugin for Google Cloud Datastore


Seneca node.js data-storage plugin for the Google Cloud Datastore

This module is a plugin for the Seneca framework. It provides a storage engine that uses Google Cloud Datastore to persist data.

The Seneca framework provides an ActiveRecord-style data storage API. Each supported database has a plugin, such as this one, that provides the underlying Seneca plugin actions required for data persistence.

Quick example

var seneca    = require('seneca')();
var options = {
                'DATASTORE_SERVICE_ACCOUNT': '',
                'DATASTORE_PRIVATE_KEY_FILE': 'path/to/example.pem',
                'SERVICE_ACCOUNT_SCOPE': [scope1,scope2],
                'DATASETID': 'delta-charley-tango-101'
seneca.use('googledata-store', options);


npm install seneca
npm install seneca-googledata-store


You don't use this module directly. It provides an underlying data storage engine for the Seneca entity API:

var entity = seneca.make$('typename')
entity.someproperty = "something"
entity.anotherproperty = 100$( function(err,entity){ ... } )
entity.load$( {id: ...}, function(err,entity){ ... } )
entity.list$( {property: ...}, function(err,entity){ ... } )
entity.remove$( {id: ...}, function(err,entity){ ... } )


The standard Seneca query format is supported:

  • entity.list$({field1:value1, field2:value2, ...}) implies pseudo-query field1==value1 AND field2==value2, ...
  • you can only do AND queries.
  • entity.list$({f1:v1,...},{sort$:{field1:1}}) means sort by field1, ascending
  • entity.list$({f1:v1,...},{sort$:{field1:-1}}) means sort by field1, descending
  • entity.list$({f1:v1,...},{limit$:10}) means only return 10 results
  • entity.list$({f1:v1,...},{skip$:5}) means skip the first 5
  • entity.list$({f1:v1,...},{fields$:['field1','field2']}) means only return the listed fields (avoids pulling lots of data out of the database)
  • you can use sort$, limit$, skip$ and fields$ together

Native Driver

As with all seneca stores, you can access the native driver, in this case, the Google Cloud datastore object using entity.native$(function(err, datastore){...}).

With the datastore object you can perform any JSON API calls including building a GQL Query

entity.native$(function(err, datastore){
    gqlQuery: {
      queryString: 'SELECT * FROM Person',
  }).execute(function(err, result) {
    if (!err) {
      // Iterate over the results and return the entities. 
      result = (result.batch.entityResults || []).map(
        function(entityResult) {
          return entityResult.entity;


cd test

mocha googledata-store.test.js --seneca.log.print